Robertson gets Hendry revenge
Neil Robertson overcame a spirited fight from Stephen Hendry to make the second round of the World Open in China on Wednesday.
Robertson raced into a 4-1 lead in Haikou, but was forced to fight for it as Hendry compiled breaks of 63 and 69 to get within a frame of the world number five.
However, Robertson claimed the ninth frame for a 5-3 victory, revenge for his elimination from the Welsh Open at the hands of the seven-time world champion earlier this month.
"Last week in the Welsh he played very well to beat me so I knew it was going to be a tough match," said Robertson.
"I went 4-1 in front, although I won two frames on the black and that was the difference in the match. It could have gone 4-4 so I'm very relieved to get through.
"The main thing was coming here and not losing in the first round. Hopefully I can improve and go on from here."
Hendry blamed his defeat on a poor start.
"I lost the match in first session as I went 3-1 behind and then 4-1 and that's hard to come back from, he said.
"The objective is still to win every match but I've had a very successful career, I've nothing to prove and I just try to enjoy my snooker," he added.
World number one Mark Selby was made to battle by Chinese wildcard Lu Ning but came from behind to take a 5-3 victory.
The 18-year-old from Jilin got off to a dream start as he took the opening two frames. It wasn't pretty with the second frame lasting over 30 minutes, but it certainly got the attention of the crowd.
Selby levelled it, including a break of 108 in the third but the young Chinese dug in and regained the lead with a run of 41. It was to be his last positive contribution to the match as Selby picked up the pace and reeled off the next three frames for the win.
"The game was tough and I'd never seen Lu play before so didn't know what to expect but he's got a good game, a great future and he put me under pressure today. I don't think I played fantastic but he gave me some chances," said Selby.
Mark King made it two wins out of two in Haikou as he followed up his win over Hossein Vafaei Ayouri in the wildcard round with a 5-1 success over world number two Mark Williams.
Essex-based King won the close frames and bookended his performance with breaks of 94 in the first and 71 to take victory.
"I was very pleased to win; Mark is a top four player and playing well again, even though he didn't play well today," said King.
"I played pretty good, won two or three black ball games at vital times, made a couple of decent breaks and overall it was a job well done."
The day's other action saw Joe Perry beat Matthew Stevens 5-4, Stephen Maguire beat Robert Milkins 5-3 and Jamie Cope beat Martin Gould 5-4.
The biggest shock of the tournament so far came on Tuesday when Ding Junhui lost 5-1 to his Chinese compatriot Jin Long.